Today we’d like to introduce you to Shantel Patrice Taylor.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Shantel. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in McDonough, GA. I grew up in the church, so I’ve always had some type of relationship with Jesus. Going into my senior year of high school, this was especially so as I had experienced a bad breakup during summer vacation. I decided I was going to “save myself“ and no longer engage in sex outside of marriage.
Some time passed and near the end of the first semester, I met who turned out to be my high school sweetheart. I fell in love and desired to build a life with him. Once I got to college is when things began to change. Although we were happy for the most part, we had introduced sex into our relationship and I began to get further and further away from my relationship with God. I was living life according to my own will and pretty much doing what I wanted to do and tagging scriptures that fit and popcorn prayers to my inconsistency with Jesus.
Despite my unfaithfulness to God, he remained faithful in my life. I was graced to pay for school with scholarships and graduate debt-free and spend a semester abroad as an exchange student in China. By the grace of God, I graduated with honors and walked across the stage with a job secured. I found favor and good success in everything I put my hand to, so you would think everything was good.
BUT GOD interrupted my life in the craziest way. Although I seemed to be living my best life on the outside, I was spiritually dead on the inside. I began to grow discontent with my life and I wanted things to move forward in my relationship because I unknowingly looked to accomplishing things to feel satisfied. As discontentment secretly grew, God sent a faithful friend who was able to see that I was spiritually depleted and began to encourage me and challenge me in my faith. It was clear that God was trying to call me back to himself but I warred with letting go and surrendering my life and my love to give God my yes.
One day, in the face of fear and so much doubt about if I was doing the right thing or not, I walked away from an eight-year relationship with the man that I thought I was gonna marry to pursue celibacy in obedience to God. After separating and getting back in church, I had new eyes to see how broken and insecure I truly was. I had placed so much of my worth and identity into who I was with that person that I felt like I didn’t know who I was on my own.
I began a journey to get to know myself and understand my true identity and value in Christ. After recommitting my life and becoming what most call “saved, saved” I began to spend more time in the Bible and I started making affirmations for myself to practice what God was saying about me. This was instrumental in renewing my mind and helping me to take my faith to the next level. After others in my community asked how I was able to heal and grow at such an accelerated rate, I recognized that God had anointed me to help others who felt ostracized and misunderstood and rejected by the world around them to understand who they were in Christ. I was inspired to create biblical affirmations that women could read daily as a resource to help them in their identity.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I’ll share a scripture with you in Proverbs 13. 11. The word of God (in my translation) says, “Wealth gained quickly will go away, but whoever earns it through labor will multiply it.”
I founded the Speak the Word Declarations brand through SPLIT Media Enterprises in March of 2019, but I have aspired to be an entrepreneur since 2015. I used to try to think of different business ideas to be able to make money and keep up with my then need to accomplish. I failed every time. I would lose motivation, I would not have the right people or the right resources or I would not discipline myself with my time, so I experienced very little success in my pursuit of entrepreneurship. When I sought God and got in position with him, then that is where the struggles that I had encountered previously seemed to not phase me, because I was operating from God’s will so I had grace for being a small business owner this time around.
I was able to officially register the LLC and gain an intern and invest in a Business Building Retreat in Bali where God was able to give me a strategy for my business and I was able to get a logo created and participate in a think tank to narrow down action items for the remaining focus of 2019. Other struggles along the way have been being tested in my identity. Business is a ministry, so just as God is trying to work through me. The enemy is trying to work against me to discourage me in who I am becoming and from walking in purpose to help set other women free in this area. Because of that, I get more opportunities to be strengthened in who God says I am, but it is not always fun in the midst of test. Community has helped me overcome moments where I get distracted and feel tired, they help encourage me to continue being obedient to God and pray for me and war with me as needed.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Speak the Word Declarations – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
My company, SPLIT Media Enterprises International is a digital form that creates and partners with Kingdom Brands that advance the Gospel. We specialize in social media management for our clients. We are known for our first brand, Speak the Word Declarations. Speak the Word Declarations are biblical affirmations created for Christian women to manifest the fullness of their identity and authority of God.
We are most proud of the growth of our Instagram platform @speaktheworddeclarations and being able to see others encouraged and inspired in their faith each day! We are set apart from other brands in the self-help industry because our affirmations come directly from the word of God and are not rooted in Universalism nor New Age mantras and beliefs. It can sometimes be a challenge as a Christian to find resources that don’t have origins that conflict with our values so we are grateful we get to offer a trusted alternative.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
So I’ve shared about the strategies God gave me on the Kingdom Business Building in Bali retreat. The big change that came specific to Speak the Word Declarations is a name change from Speak the Word Declaration Cards. God is a limitless God, so this change allows us to leave room for any direction He may decide to grow the @speaktheworddeclarations platform outside of Cards. We’ve discussed creating books, calendars, devotionals and even clothing! Our current project is building out our website to establish a professional online presence and of course, we created a new giveaway item for that, so we are excited about the future!
- Website: Splitmediaenterprises.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Instagram.com/speaktheworddeclarations
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/speaktheworddeclarations
Shanay Miles, Chanel Botha